Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 13th – 14th Dec 2014

Helsby RC Weekend Round-up 13th – 14th Dec 2014

Hi all
A cold and frosty Saturday morning saw frozen parkrun courses which resembled more of an ice rink than footpaths, but undeterred by the cold snap we had a good turn out from Helsby at the various parkruns. Stand out performances belong to Joanne who was 3rd lady at Warrington and Jenny Illidge 2nd lady at Delamere. Well done ladies and well done to everyone else who attended and braved the cold conditions.
Warrington parkrun
A total of 100 runners took part.
View full results for Warrington parkrun event #47

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Colin THOMPSON Helsby RC 00:18:20
14 1 Louise BLIZZARD Belgrave Harriers 00:22:06
16 15 Phillip ROBERTS Helsby RC 00:22:15
18 17 Carl PRATT Helsby RC 00:22:32
23 3 Joanne LACKING Helsby RC 00:23:50
29 4 Helen OWENS Helsby RC 00:24:24

Delamere parkrun
A total of 137 runners took part.
View full results for Delamere parkrun event #89

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Lawrence ECCLES Penny Lane Striders 00:18:23
6 1 Gemma Louise BARNETT Vale Royal AC 00:19:47
8 7 Edward HALLIWELL Helsby RC 00:20:14
11 2 Jenny ILLIDGE Helsby RC 00:20:53
14 12 Ian LANDUCCI Helsby RC 00:21:15
20 18 Gareth BOYD Helsby RC 00:21:51
34 5 Carol SHAW Helsby RC 00:23:22
35 6 Louise MCEVELEY Helsby RC 00:23:23
46 40 David MADDERS Helsby RC 00:24:09
48 7 Rachel ARNOLD Helsby RC 00:24:23
119 84 Paul BULMER Helsby RC 00:34:29
120 85 Stephen WIGGINS Helsby RC 00:34:29
126 87 Ivor JOHNSTONE Helsby RC 00:36:26

Ellesmere Port parkrun
A total of 49 runners took part.
View full results for Ellesmere Port parkrun event #8

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Richard WEBSTER Wallasey AC 00:18:59
10 1 Helen JOHNSON Ellesmere Port RC 00:21:47
22 19 Benjamin John WILLIAMS Helsby RC 00:24:43

The weather had warmed up a bit by mid-afternoon which saw the Liverpool & District cross country race at Stadt Moers with 7 Helsby vests making the journey over. A solid performance by the Helsby contingent with CBH taking the first home honours and comfortably in the top 50 and Jane Ashbrook first in for the ladies. Also congratulation to Claire Morton for running her first XC on a chilly day – we hope you’ll be back! Steve R says “great course, one of the best. I’d recommend it to anyone who fancies the return match in the Sunday League on Sunday 28th. Beginner friendly, easy to find” Well done all!
Liverpool and District Cross Country League
Race 3 – Stadt Moers – Sat 13th Dec 2014
Pos        Name                                                              Time                            Club 

46 Chris Baynham – Hughes 39 – 05 Helsby
65 Jim Jones 41 – 19 Helsby
77 Gareth Boyd 43 – 09 Helsby
88 Steve Riley 44 – 02 Helsby
94 Adrian Jackson 44 – 34 Helsby
99 Jane Ashbrook 45 -39 Helsby
127 Claire Morton 57 – 12 Helsby

Sunday saw Colin Bishop travel down south to London town to compete in the Regents Park 10k. Race report from Colin to Follow:
“Regents park today. Very cold frosty morning. Fairly flat as you know. Came 8th in a time of 35.17. Bit of a farce winner not wearing his number but allowed to take the finish. Enjoyed the race though. Good turnout with 600 runners.”
Well done Colin, great result once again!
And not one to miss a double racing opportunity at the weekend saw Jim Jones compete in the Litton Christmas Cracker fell race on Sunday. In Jims own words:
“I was away in the peak district doing the inaugural Litton Christmas Cracker fell race. Was lucky with the weather. It was very wet, but from the rain that had already fallen, What a fantastic route. It had a bit of everything a true multi terrain race. Some fast road/trail running with also some tough slippy climbs and descents. The half mile wading along the swollen bank of the River Wye was interesting – not quite knowing where the river bank ended and dropped into the river! With 1178ft of climb over 7.6 miles it was more technically challenging than some of the longer races I’ve done lately. Went over on my ass once and took a wrong turning but still finished 51st out of 166, so pretty chuffed. And I won the raffle afterwards! This race was well hosted by Tidesewell Running Club and I reckon they’ll easily reach their race limit of 200 next year.”
Thanks for the write up Jim and well done!
And finally to the most important race of the year – the Halton Haven santa dash! We heard that Roy had been training all year for this particular race, and came well prepared with race gels and recovery shakes (and knee high stockings!) 6 Helsby santas (5 men and a lady, or was it? It was hard to tell!) lined up for the short sprint over the Runcorn bridge, down the expressway to Astmoor and back along the busway to a finish outside the Brindley Theatre. It was a brilliant morning with Fitzy and myself crossing the finish line together to take the win (not hand in hand luckily, that’s how rumours start) Roy 4th and Joanne taking the win for the ladies. Phil Roberts and Charlie soon followed, but in a fun run like this most of us managed to repress our racing instincts, forgot about race times and just enjoyed the carnival atmosphere – plus it was hard to concentrate anyway with the amount of wolf whistles Fitzy was receiving on route! A mince pie and a pint of Guinness in the Ferry Boat topped off a fantastic morning. Also, I must add, the money raised going to an important charity at the Halton Haven Hospice.

Need I say more?
Need I say more?


Wed 17th Dec – Christmas Club Handicap
followed by a homemade soup & mince pie supper.
Meet at the club at 6:30 pm (Xmas dress optional!). We will have a warm up, then gather at the start near Tesco for our 3.3 mile dash to Godscroft Lane and back with handicap starts (which I am currently compiling!!).  Please bring a wrapped Xmas present to the value of £5 for the secret Santa prize giving in the bar afterwards.  For the supper Lesley & Dave  will email soon asking for a number of volunteers to bring big pans of soup to warm us all up (davidfeakes1234@btinternet.com)
NOTE we have three club entries for the London Marathon so please bring along your London Marathon rejection slips and we will draw for the three places this evening.
That’s all this week. Enjoy the handicap on Wednesday and hopefully we’ll get a good turn out. If I have missed any results please get in touch and I’ll update the blog.

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